Television and Data on CAT 5e and Cat 6 Cable

Data Distribution System

A Great Alternative to Coax

The Lynx Television and Data Distribution System delivers digital and analog television (RF) on pair four of a cat 5e and cat 6 cable.

The other three pairs can deliver:

  • Internet TV
  • Internet
  • VoIP phone service
  • Streaming video / IPTV
  • Data and VoIP
  • Data

Lynx Television and Data Distribution System

Like the Lynx Television Distribution System, the Lynx Television and Data Distribution System uses RF baluns to deliver television on Cat 5e/6 cable. The television signal is delivered on pair four, so the other pairs can be used for other services.

RF baluns deliver the television signals on the copper pathway in the network cabling, without using any bandwidth on the network itself.

The unit consists of two 8 port hubs mounted side by side. RF signals enter the hub through the two F connectors on the back side.

Then each signal is split 8 ways and sent to RF baluns. The resulting “balanced” signals are delivered to the RJ-45 jacks on the front of the hub.

In addition 100 BaseT Ethernet services enter the back of the hub via the RJ-45 jacks and pass through to the corresponding RJ-45 jacks on the front of the hub.

freestanding form factor converter RF  signal back to coaxial
decora style wallplate converter RF  signal back to coaxial

Lynx converters installed at the point of use convert the RF signal back to coaxial form for delivery to the F connector on the back of the television. The other services pass through to the RJ-45 jack on the front of the converter.

The converters are available in a decora style wallplate or in a freestanding form factor for external use.

Layout Drawings

Layout drawings showing how the equipment is configured are available in the pdfs below.

Performance Specifications

Frequency Range
Insertion loss for hub and converter

5 MHz to 860 MHz
<13 dB @ 5 MHz, <19 dB @ 860 MHz

Distance Capabilities
(assumes 45 dB to hub for HD and digital channels and 49 dB for analog channels)

MetersFeetDigital Channels (1 MHz)HD Channels (3 MHz)Analog Channels (6 MHz)
9029536012078
8026047016099
67220640210134

Price Information

Prices for the Lynx Television and Data Network work out to about $130 per TV when the hubs are used at full capacity. In addition the cost of amplifiers is about $20 per TV when the amps are used at full capacity.

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